Lesson 2: March 12, 2017
Saving Grace: Ephesians 2:1-10
Teaching Strategy: Show a clip from a movie or online video that might spark conversation about the meaning of grace. What aspects of God’s nature does the entertainment world get right? What “corrections” about the meaning of grace do we know to be true according to Scripture?
There are a surprising number of television shows and big screen movies that depict various attributes of God. Everyone from ardent atheist to devoted saint shares a curiosity about who God is and what God might be like if we were to meet — say on a bus (Joan Osborne). Does God have wings? Depending on the movie, God might be male or female, Black or White. (Oh God, Dogma, Bruce Almighty). Does God speak to us through angels? (Touched By an Angel) Does God rescue us when we call for help? (See Saving Grace. Earl, God’s emissary, is sent to help a seemingly raw and vulgar police officer who cannot forgive God after her brother dies in the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City.) In C. S. Lewis Chronicles of Narnia, God sends Christ in the form of Aslan the lion to die in Edmund’s place. How might our curiosity about who God is lead us into a relationship with the God who loves us and calls us to be His own?